We’ve been working with communities against opencast coal mines UK power stations for a whole decade. To celebrate we’re looking at our achievements a year at a time.
Want to help us celebrate? Donate to our legal fund against the last opencast company looking to open new coal extractions – Banks Mining https://chuffed.org/project/justice-pont-valley for details see here.
2018. Dominated by the Campaign to Protect Pont Valley, camping in the snow, a three day eviction, large public demos and Coal Nee More action, only a small number of events made the slideshow.
Slide show photo credits: Coal Action Network (1- 8) Simone Rudolphi (9) Kristian Buus (10)
Coal Action Network is ten years old!We've been working with communities against opencast coal mines UK power stations for a whole decade. To celebrate we're looking at our achievements, one year a day until the end of October.Want to help us celebrate? Donate to our legal fund against the last opencast company looking to open new coal extractions – Banks Mining https://chuffed.org/project/justice-pont-valley2018. Dominated by the Campaign to Protect Pont Valley, camping in the snow, a three day eviction, large public demos and Coal Nee More action, only a small number of events made the slideshow.Credit:Coal Action Network (1st 8) Simone Rudolphi (9) Kristian Buus (10)
We also released Slow Death in Siberia with Fern, demonstrated against Drax with Biofuelwatch; celebrated Hilltop opencast being refused at planning and Nant Llesg opencast being prevented following a long campaign by United Valleys Action Group.
We don’t by any means do this work alone. Coal Action Network mainly supports local groups and shares experiences between them, these celebrations mark just some of the amazing things we have been involved with.
In 2017 to show the necessity of a coal phase-out we took to the streets of London, populating the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy with 2,900 figures representing those who die annually from air pollution caused by UK coal power stations. Following the consultation UK coal generation is due to end by 2025.
Aberthaw power station was the most polluting UK power station. We participated in a series of direct actions calling for it to be closed, including an 145 person January beach demonstration and a day long closure of the UK’s largest opencast and Aberthaw supplier Ffos-y-fran. Sadly RWE npower (infamous for its felling of the Hambacher Forest, Germany) switched Aberthaw from Welsh coal to Russian imports instead.
We visited the Russian Kuzbass to see first hand where much of our coal comes from.
We were also involved in the first actions in a series against Aberthaw power station; Reclaim the Power‘s incredible action where 300 people shut down of Ffos-y-fran, delighted that Cauldhall opencast in Midlothian, Scotland was withdrawn by Hargreaves coal company. Sadly Highthorn on Druridge Bay was approved but thanks to the work of Save Druridge and Friends of the Earth it was Called In by the Secretary of State.
2016 was ten years after the first Camp for Climate Action at Drax power station. We returned to show our resistance to polluting fuels and our movement is still strong. In 2006 focus was against plans to build six new coal fired power stations, this was a massive success. We also demonstrated at the Drax AGM with Biofuelwatch.
At the end of the year we started our campaign of actions against Aberthaw power station blocking its access road twice. Two power stations closed – Scotland’s last coal power station Longannet and SSE’s Ferrybridge.
2015 saw one of our big targets UK Coal liquidate. It was also the year the last three significant sized deep coal mines closed with UK Coal’s Kellingley Colliery being the last.